Bonanza: Season 3


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The Smiler

A drunk is killed in a saloon brawl with Hoss, and though the man’s brother insists there are no hard feelings, he is actually a silver-tongued devil bent on revenge.



A friend of Ben’s (Mr. Milbank) arrives at the Ponderosa at a bad time…when the Cartwright boys are fighting in the mud. Mr. Milbank, who is injured by a flying log…


The Honor of Cochise

The Cartwrights and a bigoted army captain are pinned down by Cochise and his braves, who claim the officer poisoned 30 of their people.


The Lonely House

Little Joe pays a visit to the widow Lee Bolden, and brings her a bank draft for her husband’s investments with Ben. Actually, the investments were losing propositions.…


The Burma Rarity

In this comic episode involving a precious emerald and the sweet widow, Clemantine Hawkins who is attracted to Ben, turns the tables on a pair of land swindlers.


Broken Ballad

Adam tries to help a reformed gunman who wants only to live peacefully near Virginia City. Good story without a tidy ending. Pernell’s first chance to sing on the serie…


The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch

Hoss and Joe become involved when “Bullethead” Burke vows revenge on an old man he claims cheated him in an investment deal.


The Friendship

Joe befriends and takes responsibility for an ex-convict named Danny. Danny loves horses and is not used to people’s ways on the outside of jail. Will his rough jailhou…


The Countess

A woman Ben once loved, Lady Chadwick, returns and attempts to trick him into marrying her by ruining his business. Ben says almost losing the Ponderosa will make him and his…


The Horse Breaker

A professional wrangler working for the Cartwrights is paralyzed when thrown by a particularly mean bronco. The woman nursing him was once engaged to the late son of a neighbo…


Day of the Dragon

Joe wins a card game and an unexpected prize…a young lady. She goes to the Ponderosa and serves them, not wanting to be set free. Meanwhile, an army is looking for her…


The Frenchman

An irritating man who boasts of being the reincarnation of French poet Francois Villion shows up causing trouble for the Cartwrights.


The Tin Badge

Joe accepts the job of temporary sheriff in the town of Rubicon, unaware he is being used to facilitate a scheme involving murder.



In this Christmas story, inspired by Johanna Spyri’s “Heidi”, Hoss and Joe come across a blind girl whose family has been killed in a wagon wreck, learning la…


Land Grab

The Ponderosa is overrun with settlers bearing phony property deeds, and one of Ben’s oldest friends is responsible.


The Tall Stranger

Hoss plans to marry Margie, a pretty blonde, but Margie becomes fascinated with a tall, traveling stranger named Mark Connors. Margie marries Mark but soon finds it was far fr…


The Lady from Baltimore

An overbearing friend of the family tries to force her daughter into marrying Joe, though she does not love him. The situation grows more complex when Adam stumbles onto the s…


The Ride

Adam races against the clock to prove a man who was once his friend is guilty of robbery and murder and Adam is convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt he is guilty.


The Storm

Joe plans to marry Laura White, daughter of a man Ben once sailed with, but she is fatally ill. Ben consoles him with words spoken years before, by the father of Adam’s…


The Auld Sod

The Cartwrights pretend the Ponderosa belongs to the town lush, when his aging mother from Ireland arrives.


Gift of Water

The Cartwrights dig a well, build a rig and a windmill for a drought-stricken farm family.


The Jackknife

Adam gives a second chance to a family man he suspects is one of the rustlers who has been hitting the Ponderosa herds.


The Guilty

When Ben fails to prevent the death of a friend’s son, Adam and Joe, concerned by their father’s depression, attempt to prove there was nothing he could have done.<…


The Wooing of Abigail Jones

In order to keep peace on the ranch, Hoss and Joe try to help ranch hand, Hank Meyers woo the the plain-looking schoolteacher, Abigail Jones. When their first plan backfires,…


The Lawmaker

Ben supports the appointment of Asa Moran as Virginia City’s temporary sheriff, but Moran goes overboard with his authority, jailing Adam in the process and pistol-whippi…


Look to the Stars

A young genius, Albert Michaelson, vies for a scholarship. Adam assists Albert in the boy’s experiments. Albert only needs the school teacher’s approval to be gra…


The Gamble

In the town of Alkali, the Cartwrights are jailed on false charges of robbery and murder, but Joe escapes and returns with an army of Ponderosa hands.


The Crucible

Adam is left to die in the desert after two thieves take $5,000 and his horse from him. Near death, he stumbles into an old prospector named Kane who offers to lend him a mule…


Inger, My Love

Ben indulges in a nostalgic reverie about Hoss’s deceased mother. Having worked his way west to Galesburg, IL., Ben is befriended by a girl named Inger, the fiancee of t…


Blessed Are They

When two feuding families argue over the custody of two orphaned children, a reluctant Ben is called upon to straighten out the situation before real trouble erupts.


The Dowry

The Cartwrights get mixed up in the romance of a phony heiress and an equally phony land baron.


The Long Night

Ben, Joe and Adam travel to Bowleg to pay the yearly taxes on the Ponderosa. After the transaction is completed, Ben and Joe ride over the summit to join the cattle drive. Ad…


The Mountain Girl

Joe promises a dying sheepman he will make sure the old man’s granddaughter gets her rightful inheritance from a wealthy San Francisco family. This episode was filmed im…


The Miracle Maker

Hoss blames himself when a young woman is crippled in a wagon accident, and hopes a faith healer can help her walk again.

About Bonanza

Set in Nevada, in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch – The Ponderosa. Broadcast History
September 1959 – September 1961
Saturday 7:30-8:30pm
September 1961 – September 1972
Sunday 9:00-10:00pm
May 1972 – August 1972
Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm
September 1972 – January 1973
Tuesday 8:00-9:00pm